ServNet has announced the 2018 recipients of the group's scholarship program during its Spring Owners' Meeting, held early in May. Now in its third year, the scholarship program was established in 2016 as an ongoing initiative to help ServNet auction employees and their families pursue the dream of higher education.
"We were pleased to expand the scholarship program this year, adding an additional award for $2,500 for a student attending a four-year college," said Kevin Brown, ServNet's president. "We awarded a total of $19,000 this year and are very happy to announce the names of eight ServNet scholarship recipients."
Receiving a $1,500 award for study at a two-year college is Meghan Blake (daughter of David Blake/DAA Seattle). Receiving $2,500 scholarships are seven students pursuing 4-year university courses of study: Kaitlyn Armstrong (daughter of Kurt Armstrong/Clark County Auto Auction); Anne Dabroksi and Keith Dabroski (children of Joseph Dabroski/State Line Auto Auction); Michaela Long (daughter of Kelly Long/DAA Seattle); Grant Richardson (son of Willard Richardson/Bel Air Auto Auction); Nina Emmick (daughter of Angela Leggio/KCI Kansas City); and Lauren Simoneau (daughter of Kevin Simoneau/KCI Kansas City).
"We applaud all eight students and wish them great success in the 2018-19 academic year," said Brown. "We also extend special congratulations to Nina Emmick, who has won a ServNet scholarship for three years in a row, every year since the program was instituted in 2016."
The ServNet Scholarship program assists full-time ServNet auction employees, their children, stepchildren and grandchildren who plan to continue education in college or vocational school programs. Awards of $2,500 are granted to students attending a four-year college or university, and $1,500 scholarships are awarded for students attending a two-year college or vocational-technical school.
"As owners of independent, family-owned businesses, we know how important it is to encourage those who will follow in our footsteps, and we are committed to extending that support to the next generation in our auction families," said Brown. He explains that ServNet's Scholarship program was first proposed by Doug Doll, ServNet member and Managing Partner of KCI Auto Auction in Kansas City, Missouri.
"We were inspired by the NAAA's Warren Young Scholarship Program which has been providing assistance to families of NAAA member auction employees since 2004," said Doll. He notes that ServNet has been a strong supporter of the Warren Young Scholarship Program since its inception, making an initial donation to the program of $20,000, and being named a Warren Young Fellow in 2010 for the group's ongoing support.
"We're pleased to broaden our support for training and education by offering scholarships each year to sons and daughters of employees of ServNet auctions," said Doll. "This program is backed by the ServNet owners across the board, and we have been pleased to increased the number of awards made every year since the program's founding in 2016."
Adds Patty Stanley, co-owner of both Carolina and Indiana Auto Auctions: "Encouraging education is vital to our own families, our businesses and the health of our industry. We believe that ServNet's Scholarship Program is both an important way to support families as well as to invest in our future, ensuring ongoing success for all of us."
ServNet awards scholarships annually in the spring. Additional information and application forms will be available at www.servnetauctions.com in early January of 2019 for the 2019-2020 academic year.
The ServNet Auction Group is a network of America's best strategically located independently-owned wholesale auto auctions. Since 1988, ServNet member auctions have been working together to provide a full range of remarketing services to its customers, including the best auctioneers, inspections, reconditioning, transportation assistance and inventory financing. The ServNet Auction Group is managed by TPC Management with headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee.